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Elon Musk incites Tesla Motors excitement with tweet about putting his money where his mouth is

That wiley Elon Musk and his obtuse tweets have caused a stir of attention today.  The tweet said there’d be a big announcement on Thursday (now apparently changed until next Tuesday) in which Elon would be putting his money where his mouth is.  And I don’t think he’s talking about stuffing his mouth full of $100 bills.

A little later he added this:

The tweet immediately caused the TSLA stock price to jump, and a bunch of news articles were written trying to guess what the announcement would be.  My own attempt at Elon Musk Kremlinology came to these possibilities:-

  • Taking Tesla Private (unlikely)
  • Doing another round of fundraising, to pay off the Dept of Energy loans immediately (unlikely)
  • More expansion of the Supercharger network (likely)
  • Tesla Motors actually was profitable in Q1 2013 as predicted (unlikely)
  • Clarifying the “500 deliveries a week” announcement made last week (unlikely)
  • Buying Fisker Automotive (unlikely)

Okay, put me down for an expansion of the Supercharger network.

But while we’re here peeking at Musks’ tweets there are a few others he’s made over the last month or so that are worthy of our attention.

This one is interesting because of a later tweet sent to Elon Musk

Which was answered this way:

But he did not answer queries of this sort:-

 

Another query was about the plan to build a lower priced electric car:-

Tesla’s code name for this is Bluestar and was originally scheduled for 2015, but that is no doubt delayed.  What Elon answered is this:-

The 3-4 year time frame is about 2017ish, then.  Note that the Model X introduction has been delayed for a year (see Tesla SEC filing reveals Model X electric SUV production delayed until 2014).

A later question, following up that answer, asked:-

To which Elon replied:-

About David Herron

David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

About David Herron

David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

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